Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Renault Captur?

In what’s become a very crowded and competitive area of the car market, the Renault Captur stands out for its smart design, plush interior and long list of technology available – including its suite of driver assistance and safety tech.

It’s a shame some of that tech – namely the digital dials and larger infotainment setup – isn’t standard across the Captur range, though. That would have really helped the car stand out among its many rivals, but the basics are still right with this car.

Inside, it’s very comfortable and easy to drive, with an interior that – even in lower-specs – looks different enough from the competition to feel interesting. The materials used also feel superior to cars like the Hyundai Kona and SEAT Arona, while higher-spec models with more colours and plusher materials easily challenge the VW T-Cross and Mazda CX-3. In fact, it betters them.

The diesel models are likely to be less popular with buyers than the petrols, and while the TCe 100 is the expected bestseller, we think the extra power offered by the TCe 130 would be a smart move. It’s quiet and refined, doesn’t struggle to get up to speed and still returns decent fuel economy.

It’s probably not worth going for the TCe 155. It’s more expensive and doesn’t feel a huge amount quicker than the TCe 130, plus the EDC automatic can be a little frustrating at times.

In terms of spec, the S Edition will have the kerb appeal that style-conscious buyers will love, plus it comes with all that headline equipment and tech. However, you still get plenty with the Iconic, and you can upgrade that infotainment screen to the larger 9.3-inch unit.

If you’re considering the Captur, you may also want to read about the Nissan Juke and Skoda Kamiq – two very different but very competitive alternatives.

Further reading:

>> The best small SUVs to buy

>> Skoda Kamiq review

>> Our Parkers star ratings explained